BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A 31-year-old man faces hate crime and different fees after a brutal assault on one other man at a homeless encampment in Berkeley, police stated Tuesday.
The assault occurred at 9:44 p.m. on July 8 within the space of Shattuck Ave. and Blake St. Berkeley police stated the unidentified suspect used the sufferer’s personal guitar to repeatedly strike him within the face, along with punching and kicking him.
Through the assault, the assailant made disparaging remarks towards members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, police stated.
The person fled from the realm earlier than officers arrived. The sufferer was taken to a hospital with accidents to his head and higher physique.
Witnesses had been in a position to give officers an outline of the suspect and offered his nickname, police stated. BPD bicycle officers acknowledged the outline of the suspect as somebody they had been aware of from their patrols of the Shattuck Ave. hall.
The following morning, bicycle officers discovered the suspect, recognized solely as a 31-year-old man with no handle, on the 2500 block of Haste St. and arrested him.
On Monday, the Alameda County District Lawyer’s Workplace charged the suspect with assault with a lethal weapon, a particular allegation for inflicting critical bodily harm, felony threats and willfully threatening an individual primarily based on their perceived traits which is taken into account a hate crime.
Berkeley police outlined a hate crime as against the law in opposition to an individual, group, or property motivated by the sufferer’s actual or perceived protected social group.